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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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English

English as a subject is needed in every society, every career and for every purpose in today’s modern life. English at Blackfen not only equips students in writing and reading skills but in speaking and listening skills also. Being able to express oneself, develop a love for English and to be able to communicate with others with both confidence and articulation is a necessary part of not only growing up but being a successful individual in every walk of life.

Key stage 3

Year 7

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Literacy unit leading into literary non-fiction. 

A foundation spelling, punctuation and grammar unit leading into literary non-fiction:  Roald Dahl’s Boy.  Students develop their understanding of autobiographical writing as well as engaging with historical and cultural influences on a writer.

Autumn Term 2

Poetry

Students look at different types of poetry and begin to form an understanding of poetic and analytical techniques.

Spring Term 1

Shakespeare

Students learn how to engage with the language and style of a Shakespearean drama, primarily through A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Spring Term 2

Exploring Fiction  

Students look at a range of fiction texts and extracts leading to a piece of narrative writing.  Students develop their skills in recognising a range of fiction writing conventions and understanding how these have been used.

Summer Term 1

Modern novel

Students spend a term reading and working on the novel.  E.g. Ruby In The Smoke/ Skellig.  Students are introduced to writers’ techniques and understanding how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, grammar, text structure and organisational features, presents and creates meaning.

Summer Term 2

Modern novel

Continued work on Modern novel. 

Year 8

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Short Stories

Students look at a range of short stories and develop their analysis of language and form; students will also evaluate the impact of structure upon the reader. Students will also look for connections and comparisons between texts .

Autumn Term 2

Poetry – Family Relationships

Based around family relationships, this unit improves students’ ability to engage with the language, form and structure of poems.

Spring Term 1

Modern Novel-Animal Farm

Bringing political, linguistic and structural analysis whilst reading a modern text. Focus on persuasive language, emulating writers’ styles as well as developing critical writing and appreciation of a writer’s choices within historical contexts.

Spring Term 2

Non-Fiction-Literature Paper Two

Going back to non-fiction works and looking at literature with a more appreciative eye, analysing the techniques employed by the writer and using this as a stimulus for creating own writing pieces.

Summer Term 1

Non-Fiction-Literature Paper Two

Focus on character, plot and conventions. Developing interpretations using drama, creative writing strategies and analytical writing.

Summer Term 2

Modern play- White Poppies

A more concentrated look at dramatic works looking at a range of dramatic expression through a focused look at a specific play. Spoken language and analysis underpins this unit.

Year 9

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Study of Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men

Exploration of character and theme, in preparation for the study of a novel at GCSE.

Autumn Term 2

Exam-style Language GCSE preparatory work.

Preparation for Paper 1 (creative reading and writing) and Paper 2 (non-fiction based reading and writing). Students will tackle reading and writing tasks in the style of the GCSE exam.

Spring Term 1

Nineteenth century short stories

Exploring character and theme, with a focus upon familiarising students with challenging language, typical of nineteen century texts. At GCSE students will be exposed to pre-twentieth century language and this unit is preparation for this.

Year 9 exam period.

Spring Term 2

Finishing short stories and begin Shakespeare study.

See above and below for details.

Summer Term 1

Shakespeare study

Students will study a whole Shakespeare play, in preparation for the rigours of the GCSE Literature exam. The focus will be on character and theme, in keeping with the GCSE requirements. Students will also explore the language of Shakespeare and the context behind his plays.

Summer Term 2

Poetry study

A collection of thematic poems will be studied, with the focus upon the poet’s use of language, form and structure. Previously unseen poems will also be analysed. All work is aimed towards the skills needed at GCSE.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

AQA’s NEW specifications for GCSE English Language and English Literature to be studied from Sept 2015 onwards (for first examination entry summer 2017)

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn 1

An Inspector Calls

Preparation for Section A of English Literature Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry.  Students will learn how to develop their skills in evaluating the effects of a dramatist’s techniques and the exploration of literal and inferential meanings .

Autumn 2

Poetry (AQA Anthology)

Preparation for Section B and C of English Literature Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry.  Students will learn how to develop their skills of analysis through a range of poetry.   Students will learn how to analyse the effects of poetic devices and language, as well as drawing comparisons between texts.

Spring 1

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Preparation for Section A English Literature Paper 1: Modern texts and poetry.  Students will learn how to develop their skills in evaluating the effects of Shakespeare’s language and dramatic devices.  They will explore the literal and inferential meanings of Shakespeare’s language.

Spring 2

Poetry (AQA Anthology) continued

 Continuation of poetry study.  See Autumn 2.

Summer  1

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Preparation for Section A and B of English Language Paper 1.  Students will study a range of 20th and 21st century prose fiction extracts.  They will develop their skills of analysis and explore the literal and inferential meanings of language in prose fiction.  They will also use these skills in the development of their own writing for the purpose of narrative and descriptive writing.     

Summer 2

Literature Paper 2 Pre-Public Exam preparation

Students will revise and consolidate their knowledge as well as learn the necessary skills for tackling a Literature Paper 2 in its entirety.

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn 1

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
 

Preparation for Section A and B of English Language Paper 2.  Students will study a range of short non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century which express a viewpoint.  They will develop their skills of analysis and explore the literal and inferential meanings of language in non-fiction.  They will also use these skills in the development of their own writing for the purpose of writing to express a viewpoint.    

Autumn 2

Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Preparation for Section B English Literature Paper 1:  Students will learn how to develop their skills in evaluating the effects of 19th century prose language.  They will explore the literal and inferential meanings of Dickens’ language and other devices.

Spring 1

LANG Paper 1 & Lit Paper 2 public examinations preparation & revision

 

Spring 2

LANG Paper 2 & Lit Paper 1 public examinations preparation & revision